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PAGE FOURTEEN ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH TUESDAY, MARCH U, 19J2 Ron Fis ler Named Wood Rivers 'Most Valuable' Oiler Guard Is Player of Year Possibl e Second Cnndidnlf for K (Hub Award On April 2 WOOD RIVER Kon FishT, floor general for Ihe Wood HKci Ollerr,, became Ihe second candl- dnte for Player of the Year when his teammates voted him the Mo"l Valuable Player on the Wood Rivi-i bftskcfbnll nqund for the pn.it season. Already named as n Player of the Year candidate Is Melhallo's Dan McCnlley. Most Valuable* from Roxana, Western Military Academy find Alton Hiich will be nnmed In Ihe near future. The prep plnyer selected ns Player nf Ihe Year will be honored at Ihe Kxchange Club Player nf Ihe Year banquet nt the p'ranklln M/i- sonic Temple April 2. The banquet Is open lo Ihe public. Tickets are $2.25 nnd nre on sale al Ihe f'holo Arl Shop In Wood River and Metcalfe-Miller Sports Store in Alton. Second Leading Scorer Fisher wris Ihe second leading scorer on (lie finely balanced Oiler squad which finished fourth In the Southwestern Conference standings nnd completed Ihe seanon with a 17 won, 11 lost record. Fisher hit 00 field goals and 70 free throws for 268 polnls ns he parllelpaled In all of Wood River's 28 games. His great value lo the team was not so much as a scorer, however, bill as a playmaker from outcourt who dirocled the Oiler defense and ns nn Inspirational force to the team. Although only five-feel, seven- inches lall, weighing '150 pounds, Ihe little guard more than compensated for his lack of si/c by bin excellent liming on rebounds against far larger foes, deft bull handling In selling up plays and his brilliant outcourl shooling on n deadly one hand jump nho! which the Wood River opponents found impossible to stop. Four Yciirn On Court Ron is Ihe son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdell Fisher of 200 Grand avenue, Eaut Alton. He has participated In four years of competition on Oiler .basketball teams as a member of the freshman team his first year at Wood River High, and as n,member of the "B" team his sophomore year and junior your until finally nailing down a berth on tho varsity. Fisher earned Ills first letter as a reserve while a junior and became n regular as a senior to earn a second letter. In addition to his basketball l.il- ents, Ron was the regular second baseman on last year's Wood River High baseball tenm and participated In football his freshman yenr. Couch I'ralHCN Hon Coach Chick Summers of the Oilers has'only high praise for ins - clever little playmalier, saying "Fisher has everything except height on Ihe basketball court. He has been the learn leader throughout tho season with bis ability to rise to the occasion being an inspiration to the entire squad." The Player of the Year banquet under the sponsorship of Ihe Alton Kxehnnge Club, annually hpnurs the basketball players of the five high schools in the Allon area. Parents of the players and sports funs of the district arc invited to fit I end. Bucky O'Connor, University of Iowa cage coach, will be the speaker at the banquet Ibis year. O'Connor led his Hawkeyes lo n second place finish in Ihe Big Ten Conlct- ence race this your. His scoring ace, Chuck Darling, rewrote the Big Ten records on offense in addition to Raining All-American recoe- OILERS' CHOICE — chosen by his Oiler loam m.itf" Fishr.T, i <)<, the Wood River ,",n,:trfl, lie Most Vciliwblf, 1 Pldyor hern and thus become'-, a condiddlr for th" Alton L-xIwnge Club':, Pkiyor of Ihe Ycvir b.mqiK-l April 2 • lildll photo. Jesse Gray Meets Perry In Legion's Semi-Final Match nition on nearly all polls and selections. post season Hartford At Home Toniht egon HARTFORD, March IS Hartford Legion, which wenl a .season end nose dive alter winning -'I straight victories, will seek lo improve their record lonigbl in an 8 p. in. game in the llarllord Junior High gym against Meramac Caverns ol St. Louis, The Legion will complete its season here Thursday night agam.sl Slaughter Cleaners. Currently the Hartford team sports a standout record ol :',' victories against only live losses. Salch Returns To Plague Trib Jesse Gray, hard hitting Chicago middleweight ims been signed by Miilchmakcr Kdward I 1 '. Brave of the Wood Hivcr /.me.rican Legion Post. 204 as tho opponent of .Junior Perry, former International Golden Gloves middleweight champion to complete Ihe six round semi-final bout on the all-star professional bo.xing card lo be presented at Hit 1 Wood I liver Memorial gym Monday night, March 1M. Gray, who is known as a good "club fighter", Is a clever boxer who should give Perry « real lest. Gray recently beat highly regarded Ted Olla of Milwaukee, and also holds decisions over Len Salvo and Enrl Jones, among others. Perry, who is unbeaten an u professional, will be meeting his most; experienced opponent to date in Gray, whose record shows that he is capable of giving Ihe Kasl St. Louisun u rough evening. O'Coiinci- VH. llalloy The first four round preliminary bout was closed today with the singing of Terry O'Connor, heavyweight importation from Dublin. Ireland lo meet Freddie Bailey ol Tnylorville, Illinois, O'Connor just, recently arrived in this country, and will be making one of his first starts awny from his native Ireland on I be Wootl Riser card. B;iiley, who a few years ago was a ondline al- Iniclion throughout Ihe midwest, is embarking on a comeback c;im- paif.n nfler sr\cral years in Ihe armed forces. Just two more lour roiii.il bouts are yet lo be signed by Mutch- maker Brave lo complete the program. Curl \ennedy, Irish-Indian heavyweight firm Wichtla, who meets Chicago's Larry Watson, recent upset u inner OMT Wes Mas- coin in Hie Id-round main-cvcnl on Ibc Wood Ki\er program armed in Si. Louis Sunday and uill cnm- pli'le Ins linal week's training al Ihe KmgMilc Gym in downtown Si Louis. \\orUs nilli lUmcoi, Kennedy will work out uilh Mas com all week, anil hopes lo pick up some pointers on Walson's style. Whether ISascoin can help Kennedy or not is another story, as he was down twice Iroin Watson's dynamic tisls in losing a unanimous decision. Watson, wlui limed up lor his lu;hl \\ilb Kennedy "by taking his st'\eulh straight iclory one week ai;n loni>;IU by eas-dy delealiiu; the veteran Waller II.tier in a headline lioiil al Chicago's Kambo Gardens, il uo bis Irammg in 1'lncano, and reports thai he will In 1 at jieak condition lor his meeting wiih Iv'nncd). Three 1 tour round bouls will complete the card, tho first held in this territory in many years. Tickets for Ihe show have been placed on sale at Faulstich's in Allon, City Club and American Legion Hall in Wood River and Musso's in Kdwardsville. Admission including lax is $1.50-$'J.50- $:t.r>u. Robinson Fight With Graziano Set April 16 CHICAGO, March 1.8 — /P — A middleweight, title bout between Champion Ray Robinson and Rocky Cira/iano April 16 in Chicago Stadium has been approved by (be Illinois Athletic Commission de- spile a charge Hint Rocky has an "undercover manager." The charge was made al yesterday's commission meeting by Tom DuRuan. TV-radio sports commentator, lie said the match should not he approved because Gra/iano is managed by Kddie Coco of Brooklyn. Coco is appealing a murder conviction in Florida. Duggan said his informant was Arthur Carlson, assistant stale attorney of Dade County iMianvi Fla., and that Irving Cohen of Brooklyn, generally' recognj/ed us Rocky's manager, is only Coco's representative. I'nder oath, (ira/iano told the commission thai be broke off with Coco last .Imumry. lie admitted that up until that lime he lied paid Coco 11 percent of his purses since he started boxing as a professional in l!M3. Although approving the title houl, the commission said il would investigate Ihe allegations and if the probe shows Coco si III has a lie- up with (ii'ii/.iauo the April Hi ligb! would be dropped. Illinois Looks For Battle in Dayton Flyers Standout Array Of Stars In Tourney C i r a g o IN ('! A A OJMMIM Krulny, Ends Saturday Mrrl CHAMPAIGN, III.. March 18 — /P Illinois, the nation's No. 2 basketball team behind Kentucky, doesn't expert a cake-walk In the toned-down N.C.A.A. regional basketball tourney al Ihe Chicago Stadium Friday and Saturday nights The four-team showdown for the upper eastern half of the N C.A.A. renlm brings together a field in which every entry lost Its la.1t slarl. Big Ten champion Illinois, beaten by Wisconsin, 5R-W. in its March 8 finale, meet* Dayton which wni neatly thumped by LnSalle. 75-61, in Saturday's N.f.T. title game. Tiger* vn, Duke* The other first-round game Friday night sends Ivy League Champion Princeton, topped by Penn, (i.l-tiO, in tt league windup lilt Saturday, against Duquesne which stumbled (wire In the N.I.T. meet at New York. Coach Harry Combes of Illinois isn't saying, hut ostensibly Dayton Is Ihe big obstacle in the llllnl quest for a berth in Ihe N.C.A.A. semi-finals and finals at Seattle Mutch ^5-26. Dayton alone appears lo have a learn tall enough to check-mnto the key of Ihe mini attack, the towering two-some of Johnny Kerr nnd Rob Peterson, both fi-S. Cannot Ixiok Ahead "WV got lo play two games In Chicago this weekend," said Combes, "so we got to have respect for Dayton, Princeton and Duquesne on an equal basis. It's when you're playing one team and looking ahead to another that you gel clobbered." The lllini, who finished with a lO-.'i record, haven't had any activity oilier than scrimmages since their season closed 10 days ago. Combes said he possibly would Play Peterson and Kerr nt the snnie time, instead of alternating them as he did most of the season. The reason is obvious. Dayton has three regulars 6-5 or better, headed by 6-7 Don Meineke. Exhibition Basebft.il By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TUBSDAVS SCHEDULE Cleveland lAl v« Chicago cA) «t P»s«- rtena. Calif. Philadelphia (A) vs Detroit (A) at Lakeland, Pin. Philadelphia "B" rAi v« Brooklyn (Ni «t Went Palm Beach. Fig. Boston iNi v« N*w York (Al «t St. Petersburg. Fin. Chicago iNi vi St. Louis (Al »t Bur- fonnU. Cnllf. Washington IA> v« Philadelphia INi nt Clearwfiter, Fin. SI, Louis (N) vi Cincinnati (NI at Tnmpn, Fin. NL-W Yoi-k INI v« Pittsburgh (Ni at San Bernardino, Calif. Boston (Ni 2, Hoslon iAi I ChlciiKo "B" iAi II, Los Angeles i PCI.i li SI. LOUH IA> n. Cleveland lAl 7 New York iA« U. Washington 'At 5 Cincinnati iNi II, Philadelphia (A> f> Brooklyn iNi l.'l, Philndelphin "B" IAi S New York iNi 10, Chicago iNi n St. I,c>iiii, iNi U, Philadelphia IN) S. ill inningsi. Seattle U'Ct.i (i, Chicago iAi 3. Schoeinlietist Kclimis To Second Sack Chore ST. PLTKRSBURt;, Fla., March IS .V Keel Scboendiensl was back at bis old second base spot for Ihe St. Louis Cardinals against ! the Philadelphia Phils yesterday at Manager Kddie Slanky suffered a sore throat and a sore right leg. Stanky is expected to play second much of the season, but has played in only one exhibition game so far. Sehoemlierist has been trying out a shortstop recently. Larry Nnpp, American League umpire, is a licensed boxing referee in New York stale, I'iasa Rifle Team No. 1 Defeats Pipsqueaks The Piasa Rifle Club No. 1 learn won 11 oui tho Pipsqueaks of St. Louis. 11!U to i:!70, in fi Monday match on the Alton range. Scorers for PIHSH'S shooters were: Marl Meivier, '_'():!; Rick Henini;, L'87; Waller Read. L'Sti; William Schwerdtl'eger, -S.'i; llile Smith. '-'Stl. Pipsqueaks scores were: Art Helton, :'.SI, Charles Worbeiile, '..'80; R. Bauer, 'JT'J; Alchison '.'71; R. Davidson. Telegraph Want Ails "CLICK" PASADKNA, Calif.. March IS .T Perhaps Ihe Cleveland Indians made a mistake in discarding Satchel Paige a few years nv.fi. Now with I be St. Louis Browns. Salch Is proving hi- slill ran I'lii-i; skillfully for three innings. ||e pulled one boner at Ihe start \ester- day at liurbank. lellin;.' Al Rosin hit a homer thai put Ihe Indians into a 7-7 se\enth inning lie. Paige then: Fanned .Inn lie) to retire Cleveland in Ihe se\ci)t!\ fanned Bob Kennedy lo stop the Indians in the eighth, and ended the game by fanning Jim Fridley. Kridley had homered in the lifth. oft Tommy Byrne. The Browns won, 8-7. mixing the Indians their first exhibition lo.v against five victories. Winning pitcher: Batch. CUT TO FIT Call Us Today Lyons Glass Company Dial 2-2731 AI-IO.N J4UO Belle look (« «• labtl. » <• ** BROADCAST SCHEDULE STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THURSDAY A.M. 8:00 9:55 IV.M. 2:25 A.M. 8:00 Mt. Vernon - Kankakee Taylorville - Peoria Man. Quincy - Freeport Champaign - Hebron Lawrenceville - Madison FRIDAY Ottawa - Jacksonville Thornton - Rock Island 1:40 P.M. Games 9 and 10. SATURDAY 8:00 A.M. 1:10 P.M. Games 11 and 12. Games 13 and H. SUNDAY 9:00 A.M. 3:00 P.M. Game 15. Championship Game. WSMI 1540 ON YOUR DIAL CHAMPAIGN, III., March 1» /P A fine army of individual slurs dribblers, marksmen and rebound- prs -will add lustre to the No. 1 Illinois prep sports nhow, the *tale basketball title playoffs. Tourney funs are in for another look at some crowd pleaaers of the 1S50 and 1951 finals, including Bill IMdley of Taylorvllle, Bruce Brothers of Quincy and Carl Cain of Freeport. And there'll be plenty of stellar newcomers in action starling tomorrow night. Kidley is the same lad whose dribblinn wizardry and clever passing were a delight to watch two years ago. As a 5-foot, 5-inch sophomore, ho sparked the Taylor- vllle Tornadoes then, just as he does now. Grow, to 5-8 Ridley Is a nifty shot both from out-court and on twisting drive-ins. He boasts a 1.9.5 average for 28 games this season. Sometimes he goes over the .')() mark. llrothi'rn Kven Rf.il' r Brothers, 6-5 pivotman, is an even belter pointgelter with BO.'i tallies over the campaign, an average of just under 21. He does most of his offensive work off the pivot and closer in, and excels us a rcboundcr. In n sectional tilt with Macomb Western, Brothers popped in 39 points. Although Cain saw little action last year, the customers will remember him as the lad who broke a tournament record by tossing in a free throw in the last minute of Freeporl's 88-60 semifinal triumph over Decatur. His tally established a new standard of 148 points as the most scored by any Iw teams in a state finals game. A springy 6-3 center, Cain is hailed by Harry Kinert as on a par with an playrr he has coached, including McKinley (Deacon) Davis, jumping-jack standout, of the 1951 slate champions. A prolific scorer; Cain flung in a 60- foot bucket in one game. Schmidt I'olnt Maker The s'.ing in Kankakco's attack is supplied by liarvaid Schmidt, gangling 6-5 center who developed fast in late season and stacked up tallies ; t r 26.4 clip in five regional and .sectional contests. Jim Schmidt of Pc-oria Manual is an inch taller and nearly as proficient offensively. The Rams depend on him when George Funk, 6-2, leading team poinlmakcr, has trouble connecting, f. hook shot and drive-in artist, .'unk was high and finished an acp ball and sharp- ference a year ago, second this lime. Pinckneyville h-s handler, bbler shooter in Bob Quillman, the 5-11 player who brings the ball up the court by himself like Frank Gladson did for the 1948 champs and Don Stanton for the 1951 team. Five-Fir.' Playmakrr The eye-cutcher on Roosevelt's Rough Riders is Mort Oilman. 5-5 firebrand. H a playmaker deluxe. Rob Page of Madison, n chunky 5-7 boy, shines in a similar role, directing his team's defensive shift.! and setting up offensive maneuvers. He hits the hoop consist ently, too. Ike Wright. 5-8 of Jacksonville, falls in the same category. For Mt. Vernon. Mose Stokes shoulders a good deal of the rebounding and under-thc-basket scoring burden. Mose is 6-2, jumps like he has springs in his shoes. Hebron will ,'ield the lankiest player of Ihe tourney in Bill Sennit/ 6-10 center. The Green Giants rely on him to gobble up rebounds anr> tip in near misses by other stars like the Jud.son twins, Paul 6-3 and Phil 6-2, both excellent shots. Double Harried Attack Pitied against Schulz in a first round bout with Hebron will bo Champaign's Clarence Burks, 6-4. Besides often taking the ball off both boards, Burks spearheads the Champaign offonse, alon.<r with Capt. Loren Leach. Each has over 400 points. Jerry Hansen, a ruggedly built youth who threads the hoop from all angles, is the main cog in Rock Island's attack. Jerry won individual scoring honors for the Northwest Conference. Ottawa's Pete Meckcnstock, Thornton's Roy Johnson and Tom Kelly of Lawrenceville are sone other offensives whirlwinds that often cut loose when the chips are down. Kelly, a six footer who lost the middle finger on his left hand as the result of an accident, fired through 3,'i tallies in Lawrence- villc's sectional final triumph over Mattoon. Last season Ford Hanover, the trotter, won 11 straight races including turity. Church League Organization at T March 26th the l);68,000 Kentucky Fu- Harold Bradley, coach of the Duke University basketball team, formerly was cage coach and athletic director of Hartwick College, individual man in the Big 12 Con- 'Oneonta, N.Y. Bud Cronk, physical director at Ihe Y M C A, announced today that plans arc being drawn up to offer a Men's softball league and a Boys' league for teams representing churches in the area. A meeting of all representatives, managers and captains of any church softball learn who is interested in forming a church softball league for the coming season, will be held Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p. in. at the Alton YMCA. Cronk also staled that if there happen to be some managers or tenm representatives who are unable to make Ihe meeting they are asked to contact the YMCA previous to Ihe meeting and inform them what church they represent and that they are interested in forming a league. This will be the first and last meeting held in an effort to form a softball league and if there are not enough present to warrant the league all plans will be droppe at. once. Anyone who is interested in more information may contact Cronk at the YMCA by calling .'5-6604. Karras Given Canadian Deal Illinois Back Likely to Nix Offer from Canada CHICAGO, March 18 — /P —Er. Beattie Martin, vice president of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of Regina, Canada, «ayi Johnny Karras has been made a substantial offer to play with the team this season. Martin was in Chicago last night along with Bert Nell, chairman of the Rough Riders' Booster Club. Martin Indicated that the offer to Illinois' All-Big Ten halfback does not approach the $12,000 contract signed by Johnny "Bright, Drake halfback, with Calgary. Both Calgary and the Rough Riders are members of the Western Canada Provincial League. Martin said he is not too hopeful Karras will sign. Johnny was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals and Walter Wolfner, Cards' managins director, said he had made a "\erv attractive" offer to the Illinois flash. Anti-Trust Act Thrown at IBC Fights Last By TIIK ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA - Harold Johiuon, 178. Philndelphin. outpointed Clarence Henry. 186'.,, Los Angeles. 10. BOSTON — Featherweight champion Sandy Saddler, I30 J 4, Boston. 5. (Non- titlei; Livio Minelli. 150, Italy, out- pointed Charlie 'Machine Gum Thompson. 142. Boston, 8. PROVIDENCE, R. I.-Rocky Castellani. ISB'/i, Luzorne, Pa., outpointed Ralph Zanelll, 1SU, Providence, 10. CHICAGO—Charley Riley, 130 Vj, St. Louis, outpointed Dave Hollins, 127. Detroit, 8. BALTIMORE _ Ike Williams, 142, Trenton, N. J., knocked out Johnny Cunningham. 146. Baltimore, ». PARIS —- Laurent Dnuthuillc, 159, France. outpointed Norman Hayes, IBl'j, Boston, 10. HOLYOKE, Mass.—Holly Mims. 1S8. Washington, D. C., outpointed Freddie Lott, lB8",a. Newark, N J., 10. LOUISVILLE. Ky.—Jesse Turner, 156, St. Louis, stopped Terry Moore, 13BV>, Baltimore, 4. SALT LAKE CITY—lack Nelson, IBS. Tooele. Utah. knocked out Johnny Prct/,le. 208. Boston, 4. TORONTO—Allan McFater, 142. Toronto, and Dave Shade, 134',, Detroit, drew, 10. ,Ioe Nuxhall, rookie pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, won All-Ohio honors in football and basketball at Hamilton (Ohio) High. NEW YORK. March 18 —tf—The International Boxing Club, which has contracts with every world champion from featherweight to heavyweight, today was faced with the biggest fight of its three-year career. The government filed a civil anti-trust suit against the club yesterday maintaining the IBC is conspiring to monopolize championship fights in the United States. In Washinglon. Attorney General J. Howard McGrath said the suit was intended to remove monopolistic practices. The public, contestants, promoters, and radio and television broadcasters are "entitled to a free, competitive market in a business which commands such wide public interest," he added. The government contends that Ihe IBC obtained contracts from champions and'lcading contenders in all major weight divlsing requiring the fighters to box exclusively for the IBC. The clur, also is accused of controlling the sale of radio, television and mo- lion picture rights to the fight? and obtaining exclusive use ol principal arenas in New York, Chicago and other large cities. The IBC said champions are permitted to fight for other promoter? even while they're under contract to the Norris-Wirtz combination. 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